Wind Farm Relocated in Montana for Raptors
Michelle LaBrosse, PMP
The US Fish and Wildlife Service has wind energy guidelines for the placement of large wind turbines. But some groups go further and align with the requests of the local Audubon societies. This article in a National Geographic sponsored blog explains how one company “At the urging of Montana Audubon, NaturEner voluntarily agreed to relocate each of 25 wind turbines to provide a buffer of approximately ½ mile from historic and active raptor nests,” the company and organization said in a joint statement [PDF]. “This commitment was made after the project design was finalized, financing completed, and actual construction had begun.”
What I really like about this article is they worked together to create a solution - it wasn’t one group exerting it’s “legal” rights on another group. The birds got to keep their nesting grounds and the company got to install their wind mills.